1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bonfire Brown - Saugatuck Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Bonfire BrownBonfire Brown

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

113 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-03-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kristenrae8
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Schmuckles
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Anze
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mcrawford
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks very good a deep shade of brown. Little head just a 1/4 inch that settles to a mild ring.
S - Caramel, toasted malt, brown malt, and mild smokiness.
T - Well I wouldn't say it's a "bonfire" but it is a decent brown. Semi sweet, toasted malt flavor, and somewhat herbal brown malt profile. Really no smoke though. Disappointing.
M - Light to medium. Somewhat chewy. On par with the style.

Overall I only paid $1.99 for it so I didn't expect much. It's a decent brown but nothing special.

Photo of CorgiDad
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first impression of this beer was, "Wow," but that has subsided more quickly than I expected to a lesser superlative. Its still great.

It initially opens and puts a nice dark brown with loads of nice foamy head. The aroma carries just a tad of some smoke.

The taste is that of a full bodied brown with a little smoke. It's sweet and has almost no hops taste. Just right for the style. The aftertaste liners nicely. It would be nice to see variations on this with more malt and other flavors. I look forward to trying others from this brewer.

Photo of Drk93TT
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Rons35
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of trebud
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of skinnycox
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of DCdevyl78
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BreakfastStout
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of swtchuck
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Hail_to_the_Beers
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bigaddy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BlissJunkie
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of beerhawk41
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of breakingbland
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (marked 130218 749) into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured with a lively one-finger head of medium coarse bubbles that settled into a layer of foam. The color was a slightly cloudy brown.

Aroma: Bready, malty with some hops -- slightly more than might be expected for this style.

Taste: Black coffee predominates the taste, with some chocolate and hops. As the beer warms-up, the malt comes to the forefront as it should. Grapefruit hops lingers.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was a little coarse but becomes more pleasant as the beer lingers on the tongue. The body of the beer is medium light.

Overall: A fairly good flavor profile -- not overly complex or terribly interesting, but good. I'll have this one again as it is a very drinkable beer. The taste definitely improves on warming-up: At too cold a temperature, the coffee taste component is rather bitter. (The importance of serving temperature is something I'm learning to appreciate.)

Photo of Bettyloug
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Bonfire Brown from Saugatuck Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.